School District 27J, in Brighton, will now have four-day weeks instead of the typical five-day, starting in August.Back in January, we posted that Brighton-based School District 27J had plans to change its typical five-days-a-week schedule to four days. Well, a decision has finally been made. On Monday, March 19, the school district officially announced that the Colorado Department of Education approved the application and that they are moving forward with the plan for the 2018-19 school year. This new change will take effect in August for the 2018-19 school year.
"I realize this will be a significant change for our students, their families, and the communities we are so fortunate to serve, but our district can longer be expected to do more with less financial resources," said 27J Superintendent Chris Fiedler in a statement released by the school district. "To that end, I believe it is in our students' best interest to provide high quality, engaged teachers using 21st Century tools for learning four days a week rather than not have them five days a week."The district marks as the first in the Denver metro area to transition to a four-day week. Students will attend school Tuesday to Friday and have every Monday off. All of the district's schools will provide all-day child care (for grades K-5) on Mondays, with continuous before- and after-school care from Tuesday to Friday. For additional information on the child care programs, please visit sd27j.org/childcare.
If you're interested in attending informational meetings about the new four-day week, check out the schedule below: Elementary April 3, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. @ Brantner Elementary April 3, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ Henderson Elementary April 4, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ North Elementary April 5, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. @ South Elementary April 5, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. @ West Ridge Elementary April 12, 6 p.m. @ Northeast Elementary April 12, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. @ Second Creek Elementary Gymnasium April 17, 5 p.m. @ Thimmig Elementary Cafeteria April 19, 5 p.m. @ Turnberry Elementary April 19, 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. @ Southeast Elementary April 19, 5:30 to 7 p.m. @ Reunion Elementary April 24, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ Pennock Elementary Middle April 4, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. @ Vikan Middle April 12, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. @ Stuart Middle April 12, 6 p.m. @ Prairie View Middle April 24, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ Overland Trail Middle High April 10, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. @ Brighton High Library April 10, 6:30 p.m. @ Riverdale Ridge High 27J District Training Room April 19, 7 a.m. @ Prairie View High April 24, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ Innovations & Options Brighton Heritage Academy Charter April 10, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. @ Eagle Ridge Academy Cafeteria What do you think? Are you a fan of the new four-day week School District 27J is implementing? Or do you prefer the five-day week schedule? Also, do you think other districts around the state should do away with the five-day weeks, too? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below, and let's get the conversation started.